Isis has sworn off love. She lost a ton of weight, dyed her hair and moved to a new town to start a new life with her mother. Enter Jack Hunter. He'sIsis has sworn off love. She lost a ton of weight, dyed her hair and moved to a new town to start a new life with her mother. Enter Jack Hunter. He's the guy all the girls love but Isis loves to hate. She doesn't like anything about his smug face and wants to take him down a peg or two. Unfortunately he proves to be a worthy opponent and Isis finds herself stepping up her game.
This was a fascinating read. It wasn't that the writing was to die for (it wasn't bad) and it wasn't that I was in love with the characters, I was just intrigued. I didn't want to stop reading. It was so engrossing I just wanted more!
Both Isis and Jack seemed to make Sherlock like observances. They would look at the pet hair on someone's sleeve and deduce wildly. It seemed a bit intense for these two, but I guess they were smart.
The other thing I was confused about was the scene were Isis leaves a restaurant and Jack also leaves the restaurant and Isis throws up. She throws up quite a bit. Now, a couple things bothered me with this part. First, Jack takes her into his car while she's throwing up, whereas I would allow them to remain outside until they were quit done vomiting. He also doesn't ask why she's throwing up (not crazy odd, but still). Then, Jack takes them out to eat (now I understand Isis might be hungry from her expelling her lunch, but Jack just ate). So they go out to a sushi place and I don't think sushi settles your stomach. Also, it's Ohio. I don't live in Ohio, but Isis describes it as the middle of nowhere and I just doesn't see Sushi being a high schoolers meal of choice in the middle of nowhere. I could possibly see it in a city setting, but it just seemed a bit unrealistic to me. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Beyond those small complaints I found the book enjoyable. A bit unbelievable at times with some of the character's actions, but enjoyable. I like the dialogue between the characters, especially Jack and Isis. It was very real.
If you're looking for an intriguing and somewhat quick read I would recommend checking this one out. The ending will probably have you dying for the second book, it's quite a shocker.
First Line: "When I was six, Dad told me something really true; everyone has a to-do list."
Favorite Line: "It was sacrifice helplessly, like a ritual priestess on the altar of callous assholery."
Nathan is a witch, this they can tell. What they aren't sure about is if he is a white witch or a black witch. He's half of each, but they aren't sureNathan is a witch, this they can tell. What they aren't sure about is if he is a white witch or a black witch. He's half of each, but they aren't sure if that makes him good or not. Nathan has been raised by white witches, but this doesn't put the council at ease. When Nathan turns fourteen the council decides that he is more likely to be dangerous and they take him away and lock him in a cage. He is then held prisoner by a woman who is trying to keep him in line. Nathan knows he must escape though. It's his only chance. He has to escape before his seventeenth birthday.
Definitely a fan of this one. Such an interesting witch story. Yes there were themes that we've all seen a million times before, but there was a lot of new and fascinating details in this novel that make it well worth the read.
Sally Green creates a lot of new witch mythos and I for one, love it. Nathan is an interesting narrator for the tale too. He's not great at a lot of things that others are good at, but he's excels in other areas. He is incredibly strong-willed and that's a great thing to see in a character forced to endure such nonsense.
Nature versus nurture plays a large role in this novel, it's pretty much the thing the council is trying to decide on. Nathan is raised as a white witch, but they are worried that his father's blood will infect him and cause him to go dark. This is only mildly amusing seeing as what the white witches seem to be capable of. They seem far more terrible than any black witch, because they pretend to take the high road.
I'm very eager to see where Nathan's journey takes him in the next book. I would definitely recommend this if you're looking for a novel about witches that has action to it.
First Line: "There's these two kids, boys, sitting close together, squished in by the big arms of an old chair."
In 2059 most of the world is controlled by Scion. Scion's goal is to wipe the world clean of clairvoyants, or unnaturals as they call them. Paige is oIn 2059 most of the world is controlled by Scion. Scion's goal is to wipe the world clean of clairvoyants, or unnaturals as they call them. Paige is one of these unnaturals, a rare breed called dreamwalkers. She has extraordinary abilities and therefore puts her in danger. She gets arrested and brought to the old city of Oxford. This isn't what she expected to happen and what she finds there she can barely comprehend. Instead of being killed like she thought her and the other clairvoyants are slaves to these otherworldly creatures. She is singled out though and is paired up with Warden. She has to learn all she can about these creatures and their weaknesses if she is to survive and break through to freedom.
What an intriguing tale. It almost felt sort of like a Harry Potter for adults. I enjoyed Paige as a character even if she was quite bull-headed at times. She seemed like a good heroine, not too cocky but full of power. It also didn't seem like she was purposefully being stubborn about her ability. She wasn't refusing what she clearly knew, she just didn't know her own strength because she had never experienced it.
The beginning of this novel was a bit tough because it seemed like a world building info-dump. Maybe I just haven't read too many books with other worlds, but this seemed very heavy in the beginning. I like the world that Samantha Shannon has created, though I would no like to live in it. There were lots of new concepts brought to the table in this novel and I am excited to see more.
There are many, many more books after this one and while I am looking forward to reading them, I might wait until they are all published. I just really feel like the rest would make a good binge read. I thought this book wrapped up nicely though, so if you wanted to see if you liked it there is no obligation to read all the other ones in order to finish. This was a really interesting and action-packed novel and I look forward to the rest.
First Line: "I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning."
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Two highly intelligent and skilled girls brought together due to their family names. Both girls would rather work alonEvaline Stoker and Mina Holmes. Two highly intelligent and skilled girls brought together due to their family names. Both girls would rather work alone but this job calls for them to combine their strengths. Girls are going missing and turning up dead and the only clue connecting the girls is a small Scarab amulet near each of the victims. Mina and Evaline are thrust into secret societies and society life. They must blend in and blend together to make everything work.
What an exciting book. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, you will love this book. It was a nice mystery with a hint of Egyptian mythology woven in and a dash of time travel to make things interesting.
Although I didn't fall in love with Mina as I have with Sherlock she was still a good character. Her age shows many times when she makes some rash decisions. Evaline does not play well with others so it was interesting watching her and Mina interact. Mina certainly did not make it easy to get along with her (as so happens when people think they are smarter than you).
I was not expecting the time traveling aspect in this novel and it was a welcome added mystery. I was also a very big fan of the Steampunk feel for the novel. It added an extra element to the atmosphere of the novel.
If you're looking for an exciting mystery I would highly recommended checking this one out. The only problem is that it's the first book in a series and book two doesn't come out until October 2014. You'll be dying to read book two, but won't regret having read this one!
First Line: "Tonight, I ask, on behalf of Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales: will you do what no other young women are called to do, and place your lives and honor at the feet of your country?"
Favorite Line: "They looked so very different than we women do, with their broad, square shoulders and bulging arms. And the muscular ripples on their torsos."
Gene's different from other people. He's slower, clumsier and doesn't crave blood like everyone else. It's probably because he's human. To survive thoGene's different from other people. He's slower, clumsier and doesn't crave blood like everyone else. It's probably because he's human. To survive though, Gene can't let on to what he is. Every second that he is surrounded by other people he must be on top of his game. One minor body error and it would be the end for him. Something as small as a sneeze and his whole world would come undone. He seems to be coasting by perfectly fine and then they called numbers for The Hunt. It's an opportunity that everyone is excited about because it means hunting the last of the humans. As you can imagine, Gene is less than excited, he's terrified. Without his privacy in his home he will have a much harder time keeping up his charade. He's going to have to be smarter than everyone else if he wants to stay alive.
What a story. I was not expecting to enjoy this nearly as much as I did. It sounded interesting, but it was action-packed. I didn't want to stop reading—I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. I can't believe I didn't buy the second one yet. Now I will just have to wait until it comes, which is okay since the third book isn't out quite yet.
Just when I thought there would be no more vampire stories that would catch my interest, Andrew Fukuda pulls out this little number. What a thrill. I couldn't even imagine how much self control has to go into Gene blending in. A sneeze or a cough or a giggle would mean death. I liked that these vampires had a few more non-human quirks than usual ones. Fukuda made these vampires a little bit more his own. It was weird, but I think it worked.
Gene just had me biting my nails so many times. His terror was my terror and there was plenty of it to go around. This book did make vampires seem a bit dim-witted though for not catching on to Gene sooner once he left for The Hunt. There were also some lines that were written strangely, though writing this now I can't recall an example. Gene has a very strong instinct for survival and it made him a great character to watch survive.
Then there was the ending of book one. I had made many guesses throughout this novel and some of them I was correct on, but this one I just didn't see. I had kind of forgotten about it until it was right in my face causing me to groan and wish I had the next book to dive into. Alas, I did not so I will suffer until it gets here.
If you're willing to take a chance with just one last vampire novel. Make it this one. It's not wholly typical and it's full of action. I will definitely be recommending this to my teens because I'm sure they will devour it.
First Line: "There used to be more of us."
Favorite Line: "And then her fingers interlace with mine."
"Funny how that is, how it's the beautiful things in life that betray you in the end."
Aiden catches word that his cousin is in a bit of trouble. He's not doing great in school and ends up going back to the states. Here he finds a bare eAiden catches word that his cousin is in a bit of trouble. He's not doing great in school and ends up going back to the states. Here he finds a bare echo of what his cousin used to be. She seems bland now. Aiden needs to figure out what's going on with her and the rest of the world as the Forgetting Clinics seem to be taking over.
This book was a bit confusing at first, because there were so many story lines. There's also a small time gap between the last book and this one, so there's a bit of catch-up involved too. Between these two things it was a bit complicated at first trying to see where everyone is and get to know the people behind the new perspectives.
As much as I wanted more Micah, I enjoyed getting a glimpse from a different set of eyes. I didn't really care to much for Aiden and could never really get a good handle on what kind of a person he was. He seemed shiny and slick at some times and self-deprecating at other times.
Not a lot really happened in this book it sort of pushed forward to bring Micah and Nora back into the picture for the grand finale of The Meme Plague. It was an interesting chapter in the story and I am looking forward to seeing how the characters come together and play their parts.
First Line: "It all started with a door."
Favorite Lines: "I'm much better at trusting my instincts (and the universe) than actual deductive reasoning. That was usually way too much work."
This short story is exactly as it's title suggests. It's about six earlier days before Every Day. It was nice to get a little bit more background abouThis short story is exactly as it's title suggests. It's about six earlier days before Every Day. It was nice to get a little bit more background about A. We know so little about A, because A picks up pieces from every body inhabited. Each new body changes A in some way. If you enjoyed Every Day and wanted a couple more days of A, this short story is 100% for you.
First Line: "I wake up to the sound of footsteps and muffled giggles, and the smell of maple syrup."
Favorite Lines: "I have so few words at the age of seven. I don't know stern or enraged or sanctimonious. All I know is mad."
Sherlock is back and going to visit his brother in London regarding Sherlock's education. When Amyus and Sherlock arrive however, they see Mycroft holSherlock is back and going to visit his brother in London regarding Sherlock's education. When Amyus and Sherlock arrive however, they see Mycroft holding a knife with a dead man behind him. The police are convinced that Mycroft is a murderer, but Sherlock doesn't believe it for a second. He and Amyus want to prove his innocence, but it's Myscroft and Sherlock who travel to Moscow. Of course, there are bound to be many bumps in the path but hopefully they can still find Mycroft innocent.
This was a fun one. It was nice to see some more Mycroft in this novel. Also, maybe I just didn't notice it in the first two novels, but Amyus seems especially Southern in this novel. His drawl is very apparent in this novel.
It was a shame that there was hardly any Matty or Virginia in this novel. I quite like them and Sherlock just isn't quite the same without them. I guess Sherlock has to shake them loose at some point, but I missed them a bit in this novel. Matty always had something witty to say that reminded me of Watson. Maybe Sherlock is too embarrassed to deal with Virginia currently. I hope they are back for the next adventure though.
Pieces from the previous novels start to fall into place with the Moscow adventures. It's very nice to have some of the blanks filled in and to get a better picture of what and who Sherlock is facing.
I don't know what to tell you to get you to read this series if you haven't already. I mean, it's awesome. It's Sherlock. What more do you want?!
First Line: "Sunlight sparkled on the surface of the water, sending daggers of light flashing towards Sherlock's eyes."
Favorite Line: "Birds everywhere, staring at him with cold eyes."
Now that everything is back to relative normality at the Castle Glower everyone starts to settle back into their routines. That means lessons for CeliNow that everything is back to relative normality at the Castle Glower everyone starts to settle back into their routines. That means lessons for Celie. The Castle starts acting strange though and Celie finds herself late to lessons and in a tower she has never seen before. In this tower she finds an egg. A large strange egg. Celie isn't sure what's inside, but with the help of the Castle she's going to find out and take care of it. Something is happening with the Castle and this egg might just help Celie decode what it is.
Another lovely tale of Castle Glower. This one was a lot of fun too. I just really love all the personality that the castle has. Also, I love Celie. She's very in-tune with the castle and very adventurous.
I loved how the Castle prevented her from telling people things. It made the Castle seem much more alive than in the first novel. It was nice to get to know some of the characters that weren't really in Tuesdays at the Castle. Celie's eldest brother and parents were some that we got to see more of in this novel.
The ending of this kills me though. When I turned the last page I couldn't even believe it. I want more. I need more. When's the next book coming out!?
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun adventure novel with a hint of mystery.
First Line: "There are a lot of things that can hatch out of an egg."
Favorite Line: "His face was white, bordering on green, and there was a small thread of blood oozing from his head wound."
Marina is the only one who has faced the Fades and the Dark and lived. She can't tell them about it though, because she doesn't remember. Most of theMarina is the only one who has faced the Fades and the Dark and lived. She can't tell them about it though, because she doesn't remember. Most of the other kids don't like her because their parents sacrificed their lives to bring her back. Marina wishes she could remember something, anything to make these people feel like she was worth the sacrifice. Tobin, who's father died saving her, starts to be kind to her. It may only be what his father wanted, but it may be something more. Together they may be able to unravel her past and the lies that try to keep them safe.
I enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced and kept you turning pages. The Fades sort of remind me of Dementors at first. They seemed eerie and wispy. It's hard to imagine living a life like this. Never really being in the dark, not seeing stars or other parts of the world.
My one big complaint about this novel is the shifting tone. In the beginning it's all action, then it changes, then it's funny, then it's serious, scary etc. There wasn't a set tone for this novel, which while it isn't a terrible thing, kind of made the book seem all over the place.
I really enjoyed this story though. As it unraveled it was easy to guess where it was going, but there were so many threads to get there that some things were luckily still a surprise. Even at 400 pages this book seemed to fly by. The world and the story were just so fascinating that I never wanted to stop reading.
I feel like we could have gotten to know all the characters a bit better, but this is a series so there is always the next book. I'm very curious to see where McQuein plans on taking these books because this first one was fine by itself. I certainly want to know what happens next, but I felt like this book finished up nicely.
If you're looking for a nice dytopian-y supernatural-ish sci-fi-sorta read, check this one out. It was fun and fast and I quite enjoyed it. And for the record, Rue was my favorite character. So, more Rue in book two!
First Line: "Someone's attention shouldn't have physical weight, but it does."
Favorite Line: "His fingers split the spaces between my own, turning out hands into a shared fist."
Edgar and Allan Poe are identical twins and great (great-great-great...) grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They are in fact so identical that people haEdgar and Allan Poe are identical twins and great (great-great-great...) grandnephews of Edgar Allan Poe. They are in fact so identical that people have a hard time telling them apart. Even the twins have some trouble determining if they are different people or one in the same. Their cat Roderick goes missing and the twins learn that he's in Kansas at the Dorthy Gale farm. They devise a plan to go rescue their cat, but something about the situation seems a bit suspicious. The boys don't see anything funny, but their is someone watching over them and if they can get his messages, things might just turn out all right.
What a fun start to a series. I think these are going to be a big hit. This was a nice quick read with a nice little mystery snuggled in between the covers.
The only thing I didn't care for in this book was the Halloween part. It seemed elaborate and didn't really seem to serve a purpose. It could have been removed and given a few more pages for the mystery. The mystery was a bit easy to solve, but it was still interesting because with a mystery you never know if you've actually solved it until the very end. Even at the end there are usually new things that you find out that you couldn't have deduced.
I think this will appeal to younger audiences, perhaps reluctant readers. It is a short read and I think kids will enjoy the mischief that the brothers get up to. The science stuff is neat too, but may or may not be appealing to kids depending on what they are into. I look forward to the next installment with the twins.
First Line: "Edgar and Allan Poe sat beside each other in the back row of their homeroom class, asleep."
Favorite Line: "The twins looked around the room for whatever wasn't hidden. The problem was the everything they saw wasn't hidden."